Toyohashi Chapter


Published: Sat, 12/06/2008 - 9:56am

Toyohashi JALT usually meets the 3rd Sunday of the month on the campus of Aichi University in Toyohashi. Feel free to come join us.

Chapter Officers


Anthony Robins
Dan Devolin
Simon Sanada
Hiroshi Komura
Eric Hankin

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Upcoming Events


Rie Adachi
Sunday, 18 December 2016 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm

In this presentation the speaker will examine the possibilities of contextualizing Content Language Integrated Learning (henceforth, CLIL) into Japanese elementary schools, and discusses how to implement CLIL lessons which are adjusted to Japanese educational settings. In Japan, it is a priority to improve students’ English communicative proficiency. Therefore, Japan will start English education for the third grade and above from the academic year 2020. The presenter believes CLIL should be employed rather than just introducing English lessons. Although Japanese elementary school teachers usually do not have high proficiency in English, they do have confidence in teaching skills in general subjects. In addition, the 4Cs (Content, Cognition, Communication, and Culture/Community) are considered very important in CLIL lessons. The speaker conducted two studies to ask school teachers about CLIL lessons and based on the results she will discuss the possibilities and potential problems of implementing CLIL lessons into the Japanese educational context.
Professor Adachi is an associate professor at Aichi University, and has taught English and Intercultural communication at various universities. Her main research interests are the intercultural receptive attitude of Japanese and the motivation of Japanese young students. She has published many papers in the areas of motivation, intercultural communicative attitudes, and EFL students’ learning environment.

The presentation will be followed by our annual chapter bonenkai. All are welcome.

Takayuki Nagamine
Sunday, 29 January 2017 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm

The current trend in pronunciation seems to be shifting from pursuit of native-like pronunciation to mutual intelligibility among the speakers, in the form of English as an International Language (EIL) or English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). It is known that the phonetic variables in an accent trigger different attitudes in the hearer towards the speaker, which is also true of L2 English. However, there has been little research into the phonetic features produced by Japanese learners of English and the need to pay more attention to them in terms of intelligibility and attitudes. The speaker will present his own study identifying the phonetic variables produced by Japanese university students. A real-time accent judgement paradigm was used and will be demonstrated with participants to show some possible effects accents can cause for a wide range of listeners from different backgrounds. Implications from the study for English Language Teaching in Japan will also be discussed.
Having majored in English teaching at Aichi University of Education, in Autumn 2015 Takayuki continued on to the Masters course in Linguistics at University College London (UCL). His main interests lie in General Linguistics, particularly in Sociolinguistics and Practical Phonetics. He has now completed his course and is working back at Aichi University of Education where he plays a role as a research assistant involved in various projects and helping students deepen their interest in English and Linguistics.

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